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UPDATE: Prespatou water station back online

The pump repairs to the Prespatou water station are complete and the station is back online. We thank everyone for their patience this weekend as our crews worked to resolve the issue.

Prespatou Water Station Pump Issues

The Prespatou Water Station is experiencing issues with the pump. The pump repairs will be done on Saturday, December 3rd.

Users may experience a short term interruption before the repairs are complete. We will notify when the pump work is complete.  Please check Facebook and the website on Saturday for updates.

PRRD appoints new Chief Financial Officer

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is pleased to welcome Roxanne Shepherd as its Chief Financial Officer. Shepherd brings fifteen years of local government experience to the PRRD and will join the organization in early January 2022.

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Board Meeting Location Change – December 17th

Please be advised that the December 17th Regional Board meeting will be held at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, not in Fort St. John as previously advertised.

Board Meetings – December 2nd

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and the Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page under Agendas/Minutes.

Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. To assist us in our safety planning please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and have put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

  To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

PRRD auctioning off dimensional lumber until Dec. 2

The PRRD is auctioning off four lots of dimensional lumber from the Bessborough landfill until Thursday, December 2.
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Collection of glass bottles, jars and foam suspended as floods affect Recycle BC

With many southern BC highways washed out and Recycle BC’s main glass recycling facility flooded, material collection of glass bottles, jars and foam packaging has been temporarily suspended. The PRRD is asking residents to hold onto these materials for now rather than taking them to waste transfer stations.
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Rolla community members invited to virtual open house on sewer budget, Tuesday November 16

The Peace River Regional District is inviting Rolla community members to a virtual open house to discuss the Rolla Sewer budget, including the costs to residents, expenses, repairs and maintenance.

The meeting takes place Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from  to 

https://prrd-bc-ca.zoom.us/j/83838903121?pwd=bmYvQ1hsZDkyK2ZsL2xMNkFBWEJoUT09


Dial: 778-907-2071
Enter Meeting ID: 838 3890 3121
Enter Passcode: 209779

Peace River Regional District Board reaffirms commitment to reconciliation with First Nations

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board of Directors reaffirmed its commitment to reconciliation with First Nations at its Regional Board meeting yesterday.

“We are committed to the process of reconciliation with First Nations, and our focus on collaboration with First Nations is outlined in the PRRD’s strategic plan,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “We will continue to work with our First Nations neighbours and friends on a better future for them and for all who live in the Peace River Regional District. I believe, and my colleagues on the Regional Board believe, that we must all do better.”

The issue of reconciliation came up at the Regional Board meeting when members unanimously resolved to send letters of support to Chief Willie Sellars of the Williams Lake Indian Band of the Secwepemc Nation and to the Cariboo Regional District, both of whom made strong public statements in light of events earlier this week involving the mayor of Williams Lake. The PRRD’s letters of support will express disagreement with the viewpoint shared regarding the impact of residential schools.

“We stand with the Cariboo Regional District in rejecting the viewpoint that there is some good in the history of residential schools,” says Sperling.

The letters will also advise that the PRRD is committed to the principles and practices of reconciliation as critical to the path to healing amongst all people.

Board Meeting Agendas – November 4, 2021

A regular meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek. The Peace River Regional Hospital District Board meeting will follow immediately thereafter.

The Peace River Regional District will adhere to all Public Health Orders. Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. To assist us in our safety planning please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and have put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

We also accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration

The meeting agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at

www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes

Please continue to watch the meetings livestreamed over Facebook.

Chetwynd and area residents asked to comment on proposed new library design at virtual open house Wednesday November 3

Chetwynd and area residents are being asked to comment on close-to-final designs for a new library at a virtual open house on Wednesday, November 3. The current library is approximately 50 years old, too old to renovate and too small to offer the programming and services that the people of Chetwynd and surrounding rural areas want.

“A new, larger facility with modern amenities will address the current library’s challenges of lack of space and functionality,” says Dan Rose, Director of Electoral Area E and a member of the Chetwynd Public Library Advisory Committee. “We are asking for public feedback on the design, including function and anticipated use of various spaces. We will use that feedback to confirm a final design.”

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Notice of Public Open Houses for the North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan

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Board Meetings – October 21, 2021

A Committee of the Whole meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek. The Regular Meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will follow immediately.

The Peace River Regional District will adhere to all Public Health Orders. Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and have put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

We also accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration

The meeting agendas may be viewed under the Agendas/Minutes section on the PRRD’s web page.

CANCELLED – 2 Public Hearings in Baldonnel October 19th

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING – Committee of the Whole

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notices of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Committee of the Whole, on October 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the PRRD Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Electoral Area Boundaries Commission Act with MLA Mike Bernier and MLA Dan Davies.

 

The agenda will be made available online as soon as possible at www.prrd.bc.ca and the meeting will be livestreamed over Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/ 

Please click here to view the full notice.

Goodlow Transfer Station reopens this weekend

The Goodlow Transfer Station will reopen for service on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 10:00.

Goodlow Transfer Station closed, Boundary Water Station up and running

The Goodlow Transfer Station is closed until further notice due to a break-in. Please use the Cecil Lake Transfer Station until further notice.

Due to last night’s power outage, the Boundary Water Station was out of service. The station is in back service as of this morning but will require time to recharge the tanks to full capacity.

Thank you for your patience as we deal with these issues.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation recognized at the PRRD

In June, the federal government passed legislation formally recognizing September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In recognition, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) offices will be closed that day. As a Regional District government, the PRRD recognizes the importance of officially honouring September 30, in alignment with our ongoing commitment to advance reconciliation in partnership with First Nations in this area.

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Buick water station back in service

The pump issue at the Buick water station has been resolved and the station is now open for service. The PRRD again thanks residents for their patience.

Notice of Special Board Meeting – September 27, 2021

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notices of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Board, on September 27, 2021 at 9:30 am in the PRRD Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of the meeting is to deal with the following items:

  1. Sub Regional Recreation and Cultural Services Conversion Bylaw No. 2453, 2021
    • Consideration of Adoption
  2. Recreation and Cultural Facilities and Services Grant in Aid Amendment Bylaw No. 2424, 2020
    • Consideration of Adoption

The agenda will be made available online as soon as possible at www.prrd.bc.ca and the meeting will be livestreamed over Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/ 

Please click here to view the full notice.

Fall Clean-up doesn’t save you work, it saves you money

Clipping, raking, bundling and hauling a summer’s worth of yard waste is worthwhile chore.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Fall Clean-up makes it easy for you to dispose of your unwanted waste at no charge for a two-week period.

Tipping fees are waived at PRRD landfills and waste transfer stations from October 4 to 17 for residents who want to dispose of self-hauled yard and sorted waste from residential properties. (more…)

Buick water station closed until further notice

The Buick water station is temporarily out of order due to a pump issue and will remain closed until further notice. The Prespatou system at 21869 Triad Road can be accessed in the meantime. The PRRD is actively working to resolve the issue and will provide updates as they become available.

Notice of Special Board Meeting – September 17, 2021

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Board, on September 17, 2021 in the PRRD Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of the meeting is to deal with the following items:

  1. Sub Regional Recreation and Cultural Services Conversion Bylaw No. 2453, 2021
    • Consideration of Third Reading as Amended
  2. Charlie Lake Fire Protection Service Area Amendment Bylaw No. 2458, 2021
    • Consideration of Adoption
  3. Dawson Creek – Pouce Coupe Rural Fire Protection Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 2439, 2021
    • Consideration of Adoption

The Agenda will be made available online as soon as possible at www.prrd.bc.ca and the meeting will be livestreamed over Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Click here to view the full Notice of Special Meeting

Board Meeting Agendas – September 9, 2021

A Committee of the Whole meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek. The regular meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will follow immediately.

As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces; Board meeting attendees will be required to wear a mask.

As space is limited and to assist us in our safety planning, please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200.

 The Board’s full agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page under the Agendas/Minutes tab.

 Please continue to watch the meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Open fire prohibitions to be lifted across Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres

Effective at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 7, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be permitted throughout the Northwest and Prince George Fire Centres. Fireworks, including firecrackers; and sky lanterns will also be permitted.

A map of the Prince George Fire Centre (PGFC) is available online here. (more…)

Charlie Lake Fire Department open house welcomes all this Saturday

You don’t have to be a kid to want to climb aboard a modern fire engine and take a look around, and this Saturday’s Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) open house is your chance.

The CLFD took possession of a new tender, engine and support vehicle in 2020, and Saturday’s open house is a chance to show people the firefighting equipment that helps to protect lives and property in the Charlie Lake Fire Protection Area, says CLFD Fire Chief Ed Albury.

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PHO order on masks in public indoor settings

The Provincial Health Officer has issued an order effective today, August 25, that requires masks in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+). To comply with this order, masks are required to be worn to enter all Peace River Regional District facilities, as they are public spaces.
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Charlie Lake Fire Department sends second crew south, welcomes first crew home

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) is sending a second crew to southern BC to help fight forest fires.

Volunteer firefighters Jason Mukjiha and Kyle Winters were deployed to the BC Wildfire Service’s Kamloops office and began working yesterday on an eight-day rotation to help fight a fire near Falkland, a town midway between Kamloops and Vernon.

The first CLFD crew, deployed in early August, arrived back in Fort St. John today after fighting fires in the Osoyoos and Falkland area. “The crew performed exceptionally well in challenging circumstances,” says CLFD Chief Edward Albury. “They are pleased that they could help out communities that are in dire need of assistance.”

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Gotta Go service to provide restroom facilities on Alaska Highway receives electoral approval

The proposed Gotta Go service will go ahead after receiving elector consent through an Alternative Approval Process that finished on Friday, July 30.

The Gotta Go service will allow the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) to partner with the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Public Services & Procurement Canada, Northern BC Tourism Association and other agencies to build, operate and maintain wheelchair-accessible washroom amenities, picnic benches, tourist information kiosks, signage for safety and emergency management, and cell phone services in two Alaska Highway pullouts – Sikanni Brake Check at km 250, and Steamboat at km 536. (more…)

Update on August 10 meeting with Old Fort residents

Most residents of the Old Fort community are aware that the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) published the Tetra Tech geohazard report last week, and announced plans for a Zoom information session with Old Fort residents scheduled for August 10 at 7 p.m.

The PRRD has received questions from residents asking why the information session won’t be held in person. The Provincial Health Officer order on indoor organized gatherings currently limits capacity to 50 people or 50% capacity. We made the decision to host the meeting virtually to ensure that as many residents as possible can safely attend the meeting, in addition to the necessary outside agencies included in the panel.

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Campfire ban to be lifted in Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service has issued a rescind on the campfire ban for the Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres, effective Wednesday, July 28 2021 at 12:00 noon PDT. 

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Tetra Tech geohazard report available, information session with Old Fort residents scheduled for August 10

The PRRD made a commitment to keep Old Fort residents informed about the report we commissioned to gain a better understanding of the geohazards in the Old Fort area, and we are doing so by sharing Tetra Tech’s report titled Geohazard Assessment of the Old Fort Area, which was provided to the PRRD Regional Board in its agenda package for review at today’s Regional Board meeting. A link to the report is here .

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North Peace residents asked to provide more information on June 30 storm event

The PRRD is looking for more information and feedback from residents in the North Peace regarding the storm event on June 30.

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West Moberly First Nations, Peace River Regional District MOU outlines cooperation, good faith approach to common issues

A newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between West Moberly First Nations and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board lays out how they will work together on common issues and communication processes in a spirit of cooperation, trust and respect.

“We are excited about entering into an MOU with the PRRD. We have been neighbours with each other for a long time,” says Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations. “We share many concerns, ideas and have similar wants and needs, so a MOU seems the next logical step moving forward.” (more…)

Disaster debris and waste being accepted at Prespatou and Rose Prairie transfer stations

In addition to the bins provided to the Red Creek Road, Evergreen Subdivision, Coffee Creek Subdivision and Lyndon Subdivision. The PRRD we will also be accepting debris and waste at the Prespatou and Rose Prairie transfer stations. Let the attendants know that it is debris and waste from the storm and have proof of residency available.

If you are severely affected by debris from the storm and are not located in these identified areas please contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 to request assistance.

Drone flights being conducted in storm affected areas

Please be advised that the Peace River Regional District has hired a drone company to conduct flights over the affected areas from the severe storm on June 30th to survey the damage of the area.

The company that will be conducting these flights is compliant with all provincial and federal regulations. If you have any concerns about this please contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 this work will be done July 6 and 7, 2021.

These affected areas include:

  • Red Creek Road
  • Coffee Creek Subdivision
  • Evergreen Subdivision
  • Prespatou School

 

View drone flight area map

Peace River Regional District farmers can now recycle used grain bags and baler twine at no cost in Cleanfarms pilot

With the prevalence of canola, grain and forage seed crops as well as beef cattle farming in the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), it is no surprise that plastic grain bags and baler twine are important agricultural tools for farmers/producers who call this part of northern British Columbia home.

Important as grain bags and baler twine are in many farm operations, managing the used materials when farmers are finished with them can be a challenge. Until now, the used material has been either landfilled or stored on farms. But that’s about to change.

Beginning this week, Cleanfarms, with the support of the PRRD, is launching a pilot to enable local farmers to recycle the baler twine and grain bags at no charge by taking them to one of eight collection sites located throughout the district.

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Statement from Brad Sperling, Board Chair, on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today we pay special recognition to the vital contributions that Indigenous peoples make to the Peace region. We invite all people of this region to learn about the rich cultures, traditions and languages of the Indigenous peoples of this area, whose traditional lands we live on.

It’s also important to acknowledge that we continue to have tragic reminders of the systemic racism and terrible injustices which Indigenous people have suffered over the years in this country. Today is an opportunity to recognize that we have a long way to go on the journey to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We need to work together to take all concrete actions that we can to move along that path.

The Peace River Regional District is committed to working with Indigenous peoples of this area in a spirit of respect, cooperation and partnership, and to do all we can to make this region a better place for them and for all people, today and every day.

Peace River Regional District virtual town hall meeting disrupted with racist language

A June 15 virtual town hall meeting hosted by Peace River Regional District (PRRD) was briefly disrupted by a participant who posted racist and profane language on the screen during a staff presentation. PRRD staff immediately stopped the meeting, reset the presentation and readmitted some participants. The meeting continued without incident.

Racist language and behavior is not tolerated by the PRRD in any setting, says Board Chair Brad Sperling. “We reject racist or hateful language or behavior of any sort, and our Board created a specific policy to that effect. We apologize to any of the meeting participants that saw this offensive language or have been affected by this unfortunate incident.”

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Peace River Regional District brings fire services expansion proposal to residents in Electoral Areas B and C

Sawyer’s Subdivision, Red Creek South, Bear Flats and South Montney included in proposal

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is consulting with residents in parts of Electoral Areas B and C on the proposed expansion of the Charlie Lake Fire Protection Area to include some 175 properties in Sawyer’s Subdivision, Red Creek South, Bear Flats and South Montney. The new service would be provided by the Charlie Lake Fire Department.

Residents are invited to one of two virtual town halls on June 15 to get information and ask questions about the proposed expansion. The meeting for Electoral Area C residents takes place at 5pm, and for Electoral Area B residents at 7pm.

“The Peace region has seen some serious wildfires in the area in recent years, especially in 2016, and some residents have asked the PRRD to consider expanding Charlie Lake’s fire service to include these new areas,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “These engagement meetings and our online engagement process are intended to help us understand the level of support for the proposed service and what questions people have. The Regional Board needs this information to make a decision on the bylaw amendment that this proposal would require.” (more…)

PRRD Board to consider draft 2020 financial statements June 24

The Peace River Regional District Board will be considering its draft 2020 Financial Statements at its meeting scheduled on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The meeting begins at 10am.

Board meetings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, but members of the public are invited to watch the meeting on Facebook at this link.

The statements are available for inspection, during regular business hours, at the Peace River Regional District office located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, or the Fort St. John office at 9505 100th Street.

For more information, contact Teri Vetter, Chief Financial Officer, at 250-784-3219 or toll-free at 1-800-670-7773.

 

Peace River Regional District launches FireSmart program to help residents in rural areas protect properties from wildfire

Many people in the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) live in the wildland/urban interface – the areas where forest and grassland are interspersed with homes and buildings. The risk of loss of life and property from wildfire in those areas can be very high, especially with the threat of wildfire in BC increasing each year.

The PRRD is rolling out a regional FireSmart program that will help identify high-risk properties and neighbourhoods and help the people in them understand and reduce the risk of damage or loss from wildfire.

“The Peace region is particularly vulnerable to wildfires, which often happen earlier and last longer here,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “Taking a proactive approach is shown to reduce the risk of losses in the most extreme wildfire conditions.” (more…)

Peace River Regional District brings fire services expansion proposal to residents adjacent to Dawson Creek

Dawson Creek South, Briar Ridge and Riley’s Crossing included in proposal

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is consulting with residents of Dawson Creek South, Briar Ridge and Riley’s Crossing on a proposal to expand the Dawson Creek Fire Protection Area to include some 337 properties in those three areas.

Residents are invited to a virtual town hall on June 9 to get information and ask questions. The proposal would expand the Dawson Creek Fire Department’s fire protection services to include the three new areas.

“Residents of those areas have been asking the PRRD and City of Dawson Creek to consider a service expansion for several years,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “This is only a proposal at this point. We know some residents support the idea, but we really need to hear from as many people as possible in this engagement process before the Regional Board can make a decision on the bylaw amendment that this proposal would require.”

If the Regional Board provides consent, the new service would be paid for by a tax on property owners in the three areas. (more…)

Flags lowered at PRRD in solidarity with First Nations

The flags at the Peace River Regional District office in Dawson Creek will be lowered for 215 hours to honour the 215 Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation victims.

“We are profoundly saddened at the discovery of the remains of children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The mistreatment of Indigenous children is a terrible part of the history of this country and we share in the grief at this horrific discovery. Our thoughts are with our First Nations partners and the Peace River Regional District is lowering its flags in solidarity with them.”

– Chair Brad Sperling, Peace River Regional District

Spring Clean-up offers residents free disposal of yard waste, sorted waste

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Spring Clean-up makes it easy for residents to dispose of self-hauled yard waste and sorted waste that comes from residential properties. From May 31 to June 13, tipping fees are waived at PRRD landfills and waste transfer stations.

“The Spring Clean-up event gives residents a financial incentive to clean up your property. You still have to cut it and rake it and shovel it and haul it to us, but once you do that, it’s free to leave it with us,” says PRRD board chair Brad Sperling. (more…)

Reservation system, fees to camp introduced at upgraded Blackfoot Regional Park

The Peace River Regional District is introducing a reservation system and fees to camp at Blackfoot Regional Park beginning May 27.

In a 2018 study, the PRRD asked residents for their input on the future of the park and the possibility of paying to camp. The study found that park users wanted enhanced features like sites with electrical hook-ups and walking trails, and that most campers would be willing to pay a fee for access to those services.

“Blackfoot Regional Park is a beautiful area of the Peace region,” says Peace River Regional District board chair Brad Sperling. “The changes and improvements we’re making there are in response to residents’ and park users’ wishes to see improvements at the park, and to know that they can book some campsites in advance to be assured of having a spot.” (more…)

Boundary Lake water station open

The Boundary Lake water station at 1105 Cecil Lake Road is now open.

Please contact environmental services staff at 250-784-3200 with any inquiries.

Notice of Disposition of Land

Pursuant to Section 286 of the Local Government Act, notice is hereby given that the Peace River Regional District intends to sell property located at 9800 – 17th Street, Parcel Identifier 005-017-718.

Please see the Disposition of Property for more information.

PRRD wins award for financial reporting for second consecutive year

The Peace River Regional District, for the second year in a row, has been awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2019 annual financial report. The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. (more…)

Response to BC Hydro request for amendment to Environmental Assessment Certificate

The PRRD has responded to the BC Hydro request for an amendment to the Environmental Assessment Certificate regarding hauling materials by truck from 85th Avenue industrial lands to the Site C Project dam site area.

Read the letter here.
Visit the BC Hydro virtual page here.

BC Hydro Public Advisory
BC Hydro Virtual Town Hall Invitation
Site C – 85th Ave Hauling Amendment TAC
TAC Presentation April 29, 2021

 

PRRD challenges residents, businesses to ‘talk trash’

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is asking residents to talk trash as it continues with public consultation on the update of its regional solid waste management plan.

Residents, businesses and industry representatives are invited to attend a virtual open house, fill out a survey, ask questions and offer opinions, says PRRD board chair Brad Sperling. “The PRRD wants all the input we can get as we finish updating the plan in 2021. Effective management of solid waste is a positive for people, businesses and industries in the PRRD. With residents’ help and input, we can create a strong solid waste management plan that addresses local issues and sets out waste reduction goals for the next 15 years.”

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Peace River Regional District board reduces 2021 budget by more than seven per cent

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) board has approved a 7.13 per cent budget reduction for 2021. The PRRD’s overall budget for all service functions is $88,898,920, a decrease of $6,820,243 from 2020.

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BC Hydro to start work along Jackfish Lake Road in May

BC Hydro will soon start work to relocate a section of the overhead power line along the Jackfish Lake Road. The line runs through a gravel pit near the bend in the road at the south end of Jackfish Lake. Hydro is removing that section from the gravel pit and relocating it to the road.

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Montney Centennial Regional Park transitioning to day-use only

Montney Centennial Regional Park will be part of a day-use pilot project starting in spring 2021. Over this three-year period the park will be available for day-use exclusive activities. The project was approved to accommodate much needed upgrades to the park including the development of trails, installing a picnic shelter, installing a fishing dock, updated signage and improvements to walkways and outhouses.

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Free grant writer information sessions being offered

The Peace River Regional District has partnered with Clear Course Consulting Ltd. to offer free virtual information sessions for community groups to learn more about the Grant Writer Services Program.

If you are interested in understanding how grants work, turning project ideas into grant applications, searching for grants and understanding types of funders and grants the PRRD encourages you to attend one of the two sessions being offered.

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TetraTech work on Old Fort report paused due to lawsuit

Following the landslides of 2018 and 2020 which affected access to the community of Old Fort, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) committed to providing residents with a comprehensive report to identify and characterize any hazards and risks from nearby steep slopes and guide future development approvals. The report was to be completed by Tetra Tech, a leading provider of engineering services worldwide.

On October 26, 2020, the PRRD announced that it would release the Tetra Tech report in the first quarter of 2021. On January 19, 2021, the PRRD, along with others, was sued by residents of the Old Fort community. On the advice of the PRRD’s legal counsel, Tetra Tech’s work on the report has been paused while legal counsel reviews and responds to the lawsuit. Given the nature of this ongoing litigation, the PRRD cannot commit to a date for the release of the Tetra Tech report. The PRRD will not be making any further statement or comment on this matter at this time.

PRRD planning best uses for provincial pandemic restart funding

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is planning how to use a combined $1,084,000 received in 2020 and earlier this week under the provincial government’s COVID-19 Safe Restart Grants for Local Governments program.
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Filter installed at Boundary Water Station

In order to improve the taste of the water distributed by the bottle fill station an activated carbon filter was installed on the distribution line at the Boundary Water Station.

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Committee recommends closure of Rose Prairie Water Station

March 4, 2021 — The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Electoral Area Directors Committee is recommending that the PRRD Regional Board authorize closure and ceasing of operations of the Rose Prairie potable water bulk fill station at its upcoming March 11 meeting.

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Northern Health issues COVID-19 immunization update

Northern Health has announced that it is completing Phase 1 immunizations this month, and moving into vaccinations for Phase 2.

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Rose Prairie water station opening delayed

The PRRD’s Rose Prairie water station will not open tomorrow (Monday, February 22) as planned because of unforeseen technical problems. We apologize for the inconvenience and delay; we will open the station as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Statement regarding Lorraine Michetti

We are aware of the social media post by Lorraine Michetti, who is a member of the Peace River Regional District Board of Directors. As Chair of the Board of Directors, I wish to clearly state that we find the sentiment in the post deeply troubling. This was posted to a personal Facebook account. The post does not in any way reflect the views of the Peace River Regional District and we wholeheartedly reject the message contained in it.

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PRRD Chair’s letter to BC Environmental Assessment Office asks for fair consideration of input concerning truck hauling plan

A letter asking for the highest level of consideration set out in the ‘Environmental Assessment Certificate and Exemption Order Amendment Policy’ has been sent to the BC Environmental Assessment Office from PRRD Chair Brad Sperling. The Chair advocates for a paced process to allow for meaningful input, research and analysis and fair consideration of all input concerning the plan to haul material by truck from 85th Avenue to the Site C Project dam site.

Read the letter here

PRRD Chair’s letter to BC Hydro – truck hauling application to Site C dam site area

PRRD Chair Brad Sperling has sent a letter to BC Hydro outlining the PRRD’s concerns regarding Hydro’s recently announced plan to haul material by truck from 85th Avenue industrial lands to the Site C Project dam site area.

Read the letter here

Notice of Proposed BC Hydro Project Amendment

As part of the construction for BC Hydro’s Site C project, BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) approvals were granted for the use of a conveyor system to move dam construction material from the 85th Ave. Industrial Lands to the dam construction site.

BC Hydro is now planning to apply to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) for an amendment to the project’s approval in order to haul this material in dump trucks by public road in the event the conveyor system is shut down.

Map of conveyor system
route currently in use.

 Map of BC Hydro’s proposed
alternate hauling routes.

Additional facts about the proposed changes:

  • Hauling material by truck will occur a minimum of 1 day per month, and will possibly occur up to 7 months per year from 2021 through 2023.
  • When road hauling occurs, there will be up to 122 trucks per hour between 7 am and 7 pm (except during school bus hours) travelling this proposed route
  • This works out to 1 truck passing any point on the roads every 30 seconds.
  • Haul trucks will be typical dump trucks seen on public roads, such as those pictured below

Peace River Regional District Position on the Proposed Changes

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board and staff are very concerned about the traffic, dust, noise, nuisances and increased disturbance to residents that hauling from 85th Ave. Industrial Lands would cause.

This notice to residents is the first step in our response. Your Board will be making submissions to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO), with a copy to BC Hydro, and will work to ensure that residents have a full opportunity to provide input.

Please watch for further information and opportunities to provide your input.

Any questions or inquiries regarding the pending application should be referred to:

Site C Project Team
Email: sitec@bchydro.com
Tel: 250-785-3420
Toll Free: 877-217-0777

If you provide comments to BC Hydro, please copy PRRD on your submission at: communications@prrd.bc.ca
If sending by mail, contact: 250-784-3200

 

Download and Print the Notice Here

Area B: New Potable Water Rate Approved

At its December 11, 2020 meeting, the PRRD board of directors approved a bylaw amendment that aligns Area B water bottle fill hose rates with neighbouring municipalities. Effective January 15, 2021, the new water rate for the bottle fill hose is $3 per 18-litre bottle.

This new rate is to align current water rates with neighbouring businesses that offer potable bottle fill services within the region. When the Area B water stations were first established, the intention was to ensure water was offered to residents at rates comparable to the surrounding areas.  As such, the bulk fill rate will maintain its current rate of $3 per cubic meter to remain comparable to the municipality of Fort St John.

To view the interactive web map of the electoral areas or to read more about water services provided by the PRRD, please visit www.prrd.bc.ca

Share Shed Closure

Please be advised that until further notice the PRRD Share Sheds will be closed to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  If you have any questions please call the PRRD at 250-784-3200 or toll free at 1-800-670-7773

PRRD presses for action on Site C impacts

The Peace River Regional District released a letter sent to the parties with candidates running in the upcoming BC election asking for assistance to negotiate a community measures agreement to mitigate the impacts of Site C on regional district residents and services.

Letters were sent to candidates and parties in the Peace River North and South ridings on October 16, 2020. The PRRD Board of Directors looks forward to hearing from candidates on their parties’ views ahead of the October 24 BC provincial election.

For more information:

Click here to read Letter to Candidates

Click here to read the Media Release

Click here to read PRRD Site C Community Measures Agreement Background Information

 

Housing Needs Assessment Survey

The Peace River Regional District, District of Chetwynd, City of Dawson Creek, District of Hudson’s Hope, and Village of Pouce Coupe have partnered to develop housing needs reports for each of the participating municipalities and Electoral Areas B, C, D, and E.

As part of this work, the PRRD will be engaging broadly with residents in the partner municipalities and electoral areas through a community survey that will be launched in July 2020.  The survey will be available online and residents will also be able to request a paper copy be mailed to their home.

We want to hear from you to make sure the housing needs reports reflect residents’ experiences and perspectives. The survey will be open from July 14 – August 5! Complete the survey for your chance to win 1 of 2 $100 Visa Giftcards!

Take the Survey! – expired

 

City of Fort St. John and Peace River Regional District Announce Agreement for Festival Plaza Lands

The City of Fort St. John and the Peace River Regional District have been working in partnership towards an adjustment of property lines for the Festival Plaza Development.

The Festival Plaza, which will be located on the southeast corner of 100 Street and 96 Avenue, was identified in the Downtown Action Plan as one of 10 Big Moves to Energize the Downtown. The development will consist of a covered shelter, food truck stalls, performance space and washrooms. It will be a year-round home for the farmers market, community events, food vendors, buskers, social gatherings and public art.

The Peace River Regional District will be placing public notices as per the requirements of the Local Government Act regarding the disposition of this property.

Construction on this project is slated to begin in Summer 2020, stay up-to-date with all City of Fort St. John Capital Projects at www.fortstjohn.ca/capital-projects.

To see the full press release, please click the link below.

Media Release – City and PRRD Announce Agreement for Festival Plaza Lands

2019 CARIP Report

The Peace River Regional District is pleased to release the 2019 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) report.

Click here to read the report

Sandbags Available for PRRD Residents

Sandbags are available for PRRD Residents at several locations around the Peace Region to help prevent flooding on their properties.
  • Moberly Lake Fire Hall
  • Yips Subdivision
  • Compass Services
  • Iver Johnson Community Park
  • Tomslake Fire Hall
  • Tupper Hall
  • Halfway Graham Community Hall

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COVID-19: Resources for Residents

PRRD offices are now open to the public with new procedures to keep both the public and our staff safe!

Quick Reference Guides

Camping and Recreating in PRRD Parks

Operating a PRRD-owned Community Facility

Renting a PRRD-owned Community Facility

Using PRRD Water Stations

Taking Items to Landfills and Transfer Stations

Making a Development Application

Using the Charlie Lake Sewer Receiving Facility

Attending a Board or Committee Meeting

Frequently Asked Questions About PRRD Operations

How do I speak to or make an appointment with staff?
Peace River Regional District offices are now open for their regular office hours. To speak to one of our staff, the public is welcome to come to our offices during business hours or may also use our staff directory to reach any of our staff members.
What are the PRRD Office COVID procedures?
The PRRD has introduced safety procedures to ensure that everyone who visits our office are as safe as possible. These procedures include:

  • Everyone entering PRRD facilities must wear a mask, including staff
  • Everyone entering PRRD facilities must sanitize their hands when they come in.
  • Each room, including meeting rooms and reception areas, have a maximum occupancy to ensure we are able to follow social distancing. If the occupancy is exceeded, please wait outside until someone exits.
  • An information log will be kept of all people to enter PRRD offices to help with contact tracing should someone who has been in our offices discover they have COVID-19.
How many people are allowed in PRRD Offices?
The number of people allowed in a room/building has been determined by the size and ability to ensure physical distancing (staying a minimum of two metres or six feet apart).

  • The maximum number of public members permitted in the Fort St John Office Reception Area: 2
  • The maximum number of public public members permitted in the Dawson Creek Office Reception Area: 
When will PRRD facilities be opening?
As all of BC begins to implement the BC Restart Plan, the Peace River Regional District will be taking steps towards recovery with the new PRRD COVID Recovery Plan. We are currently in Phase Two of the PRRD Recovery Plan, which sees a number of facilities open.

Phase 1 (Mid – Late May 2020)
  • Staff resume work in Dawson Creek and Fort St John offices
    Montney Centennial Park and Iver Johnson Park opens for day-use only
Phase 2 ( June to September 2020)
  • PRRD offices open to the public
  • Charlie Lake Fire members resume in-person training with conditions
  • PRRD community halls may resume maintenance and cleaning activities with conditions.
  • Essential public hearings, on a case by case basis, may resume in-person if electronic options are not available and if ap propriate meeting venues and sanitization requirements can be met
  • Blackfoot Regional Park opens for camping.
  • Share Sheds Open (as of June 15)

 

  • Minaker River Regional Park opens for camping
  • PRRD will consider, on a case by case basis, community halls holding small events with less than 50 people (starting in July)

 

  • Chetwynd Recreation Centre and North Peace Leisure Pool will open under the direction of the municipalities.
  • Buick and Clearview Arenas will open at the direction of School District No 60
  • Essential in-region travel
Phase 3 (TBD)
Date to be determined dependent on public health, social and economic factors to be examined starting in August 2020

  • Non-essential meetings
  • Public engagement activities
  • In-person engagement with First Nations communities
  • Out-of-region travel

How Can I . . .

In-Person Phone Email Social Media
Pay a Bill X X
Contact a Staff Person or ask a question X X X X
Attend a Board Meeting or Committee X
(masks required)
X X (Livestream)
Get information about a building permit or land use application. X X X

 

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The PRRD is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We encourage residents to stay up to date and continue to follow the provincial and federal Government guidelines as the official sources for new information. Below are some resources that may be helpful for residents:

BC Centre for Disease Control    |  Website    Facebook

Northern Health    |  Website    Facebook

Northern BC Information Line: 1-844-645-7811

Government of Canada – Public Health    |   Website     Facebook

Health Link BC (BC Ministry of Health)    |   Website     Facebook

First Nations Health Authority    |   Website     Facebook

BC 211    |   Website     Facebook

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Southern Mountain Caribou Partnership Agreement Signed

The Partnership Agreement between the Province of BC, Government of Canada, Saulteau First Nations, and West Moberly First Nations for the recovery of southern mountain caribou was signed on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Read More: Southern Mtn. Caribou Partnership Agreement Signed

Southern Mountain Caribou Correspondence

At the January 23rd Board Meeting, the PRRD Board received a response to their December 13th Letter from Premier John Horgan and resolved:

That the Regional Board support the District of Chetwynd by advising the Honourable John Horgan, Premier of BC, that it will not participate in the following scheduled caribou related working group meetings:

  • Snowmobile Advisory Committee (January 23, 2020 in Dawson Creek)
  • Land Use Objectives Stakeholder Committee & Socio-Economic Advisory Committee (January 24, 2020 in Chetwynd) unless local government is awarded a seat on the Caribou Recovery Committee specified in the Partnership Agreement to Recover the Central Group of Southern Mountain Caribou, or a meeting of the Leaders’ Table is called and local government is provided information that local government will be provided the opportunity to participate in the Partnership Agreement, other than through separate advisory committees.

This resolution was sent in a letter to Premier John Horgan on January 23rd, 2020.

Industry Notice – Unharvested Grain and Canola Crops

Notice on Production Insurance – Unharvested Grain and Canola Crops from the Ministry of Agriculture

Letter to Premier Horgan – Leaders’ Table on Caribou

October 24th, 2019

Dear Premier Horgan:

Re: Leaders’ Table re: Caribou

On October 10th, the Peace River Regional District wrote to you to express extreme disappointment that the Board did not receive an invitation to participate in the proposed Leaders’ Table regarding the Draft Intergovernmental Partnership Agreement for the Conservation of the Central Group of the Southern Mountain Caribou. . . .

Click Here to Read the Full Letter

Letter to Federal and Provincial Governments Regarding Southern Mountain Caribou Engagement

Click here to read the letter from Chair Brad Sperling on behalf of the PRRD Board to Hon. Minister McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Hon. Minister Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, regarding the community division caused by the Southern Mountain Caribou engagement process. 

The PRRD Continues to Advocate for Caribou Recovery Plan Community Consultations

The Peace River Regional District continues to advocate for an open conversation between the public and the Province regarding the status of the discussions about caribou recovery.

In a letter to Chair Brad Sperling, Minister George Heyman confirmed that the government is committed to advancing caribou recovery, while seeking to provide for the best interests of British Columbians. He noted that to help this iconic species recover, there needs to be a collaborative approach that works for everyone, and that as the Provincial Government moves forward with caribou recovery, BC will be looking at the impacts of all land uses.

Since the meeting in Prince George with the Province, Chair Sperling has continued to be in contact with the province as they work with the Federal government to roll out the consultation to the region. Chair Sperling has requested that a minimum of three public consultations be held in the region. He would like to see meetings held in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

Full Media release here: 2019-15-2019 Caribou Press release

North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan Update

Round 2 Public Engagement information is now available on our website! 
Click on our Engage! page for further information